Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Plane Thoughts


I’m an idle cabin sitter
miles above the sea’s hard shell.
Minor CO2 emitter;
metal cell’s soft organelle.
Fresh air’s ducted via compressors,
swirled around and soon expelled.
Vented, vapid breath precesses
over the crinkled ocean swell.

Squillions of salty creatures
live beneath the curved blue plate,
building homes with pleasing features
using calcium carbonate.
Surplus CO2 dissolves to
elevate bicarbonate.
Wonder if they’re fast evolving
as the levels escalate?

Evanescing contrails drift but
clear exhaust has twice the mass.
My share of the noxious wind’s a
tonne of CO2 waste gas.
Didn’t think I had it in me –
five hour, one tonne fart attack.
I raise my carbonated spritzer –
‘Bottoms up – adapt to that.’

Submitted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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  • Kevin Patrick (4/16/2013 1:40:00 PM)

    Most people who fly an airplane are just hoping to get to their destination intact you look at everything precisely with a thoughtful meditative mind, this reminds me of your poem about Bioengineering, including the added humor. If it’s any consolation I walk to most of my destinations within a four mile radius. Stellar write Diane, this emits no CO2 (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (4/16/2013 10:55:00 AM)

    You've conveyed your thoughts brilliantly. I think of tonnes of CO2 floating high in the atmosphere. A lovely poem.10 out of 10. (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (4/12/2013 10:37:00 PM)

    its really brilliant and it got a nice fragrant comic within.but i like the me$$age that i saw in the words. Really cool (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/12/2013 11:42:00 AM)

    Stewardess, I'd like to change seats!
    and I'll drink to that.
    Great write, comic and intuitive. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/10/2013 12:06:00 AM)

    The last two lines give the whole poem a comic twist! ! The image of a cabin sitter watching over the already polluted Earth and adding to the lethal doses of Co2 is very suggestive. Your scientific temperament makes your poems scholarly! (Report) Reply

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